Saturday, November 10, 2018

"Be thankful. Dwell on the good...


...and lovely. Live a life of service to others. Rejoice. Count your blessings. Learn contentment in God's good, and acceptable, and perfect will for you! Never allow discontentment to kill your marriage."

~Lori Alexander

The quote above is from The Transformed Wife. You can find it on THIS post. I encourage you to read it if you are married or plan to be married one day! Such wisdom there. I don't always agree with Lori 100% on things (for instance I am more Reformed in my thinking doctrinally...and she is not ~ although she'll quote Spurgeon, MacArthur and Piper who, like me, are believers in the Doctrines of Grace!)....but for the most part, I do. She is a sister in Christ who loves the Lord and is doing her best to mentor young ladies who read her blog. If you haven't read there before...be warned, she will step on your toes ~ but for the most part she is *right* and women need to hear what she has to say. Be sure to check out past posts too....there's a lot to choose from and much wisdom to be gleaned from her words!

Can I just throw in here....this is two posts this month already! I am on a *roll*! Haha! 


It is a super cold, windy Saturday here in Western PA. There is snow/frost on the ground and it's almost noon. Chris has been working at an auction all morning and I taught a spin class at the Y. Now I am home and showered and have some housework to do. I get to meet my newest niece today (Chris's brother has two boys and just had his first girl!). I am very excited! Her mom says she is the most "angelic, sweetest, content baby ever". *smile* I can't wait to snuggle her all up! I may not be able to give her back! ;)

Tonight, our local Y (where I workout and teach classes) is having an auction to raise money. People have donated items from all over town! There are 92 things to auction off (and some are multiple things put together!). I have been helping prepare for that and will be helping at the auction tonight as well. The theme is "Clue" (remember that board game?). It should be fun...and although I'll be busy ~ I think I'll still have a good time! They do these annually...but I have never been to one before. So, we'll see how it goes! :)


So, I have things to do and places to go...no time to sit here any longer! :o) I hope you have a fantastic weekend....and if you haven't yet (and if you *want* to) check out my post from just a couple days ago!!

Cheerfully,
Katy

Thursday, November 8, 2018

"Welcome sweet November...

...the season of senses and my favorite month of all."

~Gregory F. Lenz


Well, again another month has gone by...and I only posted once. Now that my children are older, things just seem different. I'm not posting all about their cuteness and such anymore! But life still goes on...so I should try better to record it! :)

Instead of typing it all out...I wanted to share the link to the Crock Pot Cheeseburger Soup I had mentioned in my previous post! You can find it HERE. If you try it out, I'd love to know what you think of it! I have a few other cheeseburger soup recipes I have tried as well!

Our days have been filled with homeschooling (and while the kids work I pick a room to clean from top to bottom), chores, fitness/exercise, and our homeschool co-op days (which I am in charge of the set-up crew each morning, lead a parent meeting and am in charge of graduation plans for this year!). The weather is much chillier and has been super wet here in PA. Yesterday was nice so Jaxson and I were able to get some mowing and leaf raking done in the front yard (X was working at my dad's garage and Madelyn was working at Chris's dad's meat market)! It's suppose to be nice again today! I am so glad! We have numerous things to accomplish today ~ and it is so much more enjoyable to do so in sun-shine-filled weather, don't you think?

Madelyn has her license and has her own little truck now too. She paid for the whole year's insurance for it and pays for her own gas. She has been doing great and I am so proud! She loves having a bit more freedom and it has been a blessing to Chris and I as well...since now we don't have to drive her to the places she needs to go. I pray for her often when she is out on the road. It's a bit scary to know my little girl is growing up and is out on the road by herself ~ but my hope and peace are in the Lord and I trust Him in all things! (If you have been reading here for a bit....can you even believe she is 17 and driving!? I'm still not fully able to grasp that realization myself!)


Homeschooling my children is *such* a gift. Easy...no....but a blessing? Yes! I seriously wouldn't have it any other way. Jaxson and I do his history together. We are using The Mystery of History...book 2 (which covers the Reformation etc) and I am really enjoying it! I read it to him...as he seems to understand it better that way ~ and I really love learning about all these things along with him!


I am so excited because I finally got a few things hung on the one wall of my living room that has been bare for a few years. I just couldn't find what I wanted to go there. Joann's was having a sale recently and I got the wreath for $12 (it was originally $40!)...and the tin star was cheap as well (and it's paintable if I ever decide what color I want it). The "Keep Life Simple" sign was bought inexpensively at TJ Maxx! I always love getting a good deal (clearance deals are definitely my favorite!)...and this wall was cheap and looks just how I wanted it!


(Sorry the pictures are a bit blurry. I used my phone as it was easier than grabbing my camera...and it doesn't take the best pictures!)


These little munchkins came to town to visit the day before Halloween. As you probably know ~ I don't *do* Halloween...but my sister always loves to make costumes for her children each year. She always does such a great job! This year was no exception! The *made* these awesome butterfly wings for the girls! From left to right: Eloise, Dinah, and Audra...


Aren't they so fantastic? The wind was really blowing that day too...so the wings were just flapping everywhere! Dusten was made into a gnome! He was *so* cute...but wouldn't turn to face me so I could get a picture. That's ok...since he looks like the perfect little gnome below...


My sister's and my aunt works in our local courthouse and she takes the kids to see her each year...I go along to help out! Look at those wings!!!


Chris has been super busy with work, church and deer season (which always keeps them busy at the meat market in the evenings) but he tries to carve out time to do some things around the house when he can that I truly appreciate! He got the backhoe and was able to do some fixing on our driveway the other day! He's so great....I love watching him work. Good grief...if you put *me* in a backhoe I wouldn't even have the first clue what to do! Chris is always able to do whatever he puts his mind to. I always truly admire him!



And finally....these two...*sigh*. Life's rough....isn't it? ;) Mickey and Cash....our crazy dogs!


The kids are working on book work....and I need to get some wood stacked and some chores done before I head into the Y to exercise. We have things on the agenda this afternoon as well...so I best get moving! :o)

Thanks so much for visiting. I know my lack of posting is ridiculous and hopefully I can do better!
I hope you are doing well and are having a lovely autumn!

Warmly,
Katy

***I am selling a few things on ebay if you are interested and want to take a look ~ you can find them HERE! :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Hello October!


October has arrived (does anyone feel like it just started to be the year 2018? How did we get to October already?). We've been keeping busy around here. Schooling, housework, our homeschool co-op days have begun again and I have been teaching exercise classes (and taking classes) at the Y daily. Paying bills, mowing, filling the woodshed, church, cooking, visiting/counseling with friends, and house projects have filled our moments as well.

Chris and I *were* able to take some time though...and go to see a Tim Hawkins show with friends on the weekend of our anniversary. We just celebrated 18 years of marriage and I am over-the-moon blessed ~ I am so thankful that this man is mine. I could spend a whole post just swooning over him but instead....I'll just keep it short....He's the best and I love him with my whole heart! ;)


I will share a little funny though about that weekend! A couple of good friends invited us to go to the show (it was about a 2 hr drive away) on that Friday night. Chris took a half day off work and we got ready and left early so we could have dinner over there before the show. We had a great steak dinner (I actually had a grilled chicken salad) and were trying to find the place on my friend's GPS. I decided to look up on Tim Hawkins website the name of the church he was at because I didn't remember. When I did....I saw that he was in a totally different city that night!! The place we were headed was for his show on Saturday night!! I texted my friend (we were in separate vehicles) and she was so embarrassed that they had gotten the wrong night! Hahaha! It was 7pm....so we all just turned around and headed home. It was so disappointing...(and I am not great at traveling) but so funny all at the same time. All we could do was just laugh.

I get a text the next morning....wondering if we wanted to go to the show that night (Saturday...the correct day) with them...even though we had all done that traveling the previous evening. Chris and I still really wanted to go....so we said yes! And it *was* worth it! We had a great time and laughed and laughed! So much fun!!

That weekend gave us some funny and great memories! :) Plus, we were with friends that we adore so it was just wonderful...even if we drove around for hours on the wrong date! haha!


I am not a big decorator for holidays or seasons....but I do love wreaths! I am always excited when I get to bring out my fall wreath to hang up!


Cooler evenings make candlelight so enjoyable. I love how warm and cozy it makes the atmosphere...


The boys and I (mostly with Jax's help) decided to tackle the projects of peeling paper, priming and painting walls in our office/computer room...which if you read my blog years ago would have been our old living room...


I used a color called Gentle Lamb (in the pic above that is just primer all the walls...not the actual paint color). It's a soft cream. I like how it turned out. These are plaster walls...original to this older house. There are holes in them from things being hung up, plaster chipping etc. Technically, I should have mudded and sanded all the holes and done everything properly. But to be honest, we just wanted the room to look crisp and clean...and not perfect. One day maybe I will go through the work of finishing this room completely...but right now, it serves as a computer room and a place for Madelyn's piano. It needs the ceiling to be covered one day (hopefully with tongue and groove wood or something along those lines). For now, a couple days of cleaning up the walls and painting them was busy work enough for us! The room was in chaos and we had a million and one things to do in addition to the room....so the goal was just to "get it done"! :)


During schooling one day, X left his chair out and Mickey climbed up on it and fell asleep...


And before I go, I wanted to share the book I am currently reading. It's really good. I love Joey and Rory (their music, their faith and their love) and so I knew I needed to read his book! HERE it is on amazon if you are interested...but you may be able to find it cheaper on ebay or elsewhere!


I made cheeseburger soup for supper yesterday (in the crock pot)....I figured I would share that recipe in my next post...so stay tuned!

I know I don't post as much as I used to....but life is busy (in a slow sorta way). Time has me taking care of my family and home and also trying to be out helping or serving others if I can (Madelyn and I are going to start tutoring once a week soon). I spend time exercising at the Y as well....but also see that as a place where I can serve others, encourage them and be a light for Christ.

Times have also been tough as we pray for and try to be there for loved ones and friends who have troubled marriages, health issues, and are suffering the death of their loved ones for various reasons. My heart has been so heavy lately with the burdens so many carry. My prayer is constantly that the Lord will use me to help my friends shoulder their burdens and take it to the Lord. I want to be the hands and feet of Jesus. I am faulty and always falling short. So please know I don't mean to sound as though I am perfectly selfless and giving. But I do want to encourage you...if you aren't already, truly pray for those around you. Be willing to be the ear they need to listen or the mouth they need to pray with them. If we, as the church, are the hands and feet of Christ ~ what love that shows to a dying world.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

If you are in need, don't be afraid to reach out to your brothers and sisters in Christ. Get the help you need from people who love you and then as you are strengthened, you can become what others need! It's a beautiful spirit of *giving* of oneself....that just keeps going! If you are struggling...don't pull away from the church. As the body of Christ we are there to encourage, admonish and *love* one another!

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Hebrews 10:23-25


Lunchtime is approaching and I have things to do! Thanks so much for visiting and keep a look out for my next post with that cheeseburger soup recipe that I use! It's pretty easy and delicious! :)

Warmly,
Katy





Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Home, A Recipe and Organization!


For a few days, we were having fall-like weather! That put me in the mood to make *soup*! I made cheeseburger soup, vegetable beef soup (pictured below) and chicken noodle soup!


I thought I would share the chicken noodle soup recipe I used (as well as the homemade noodle recipe I used). I have the recipe written down...I am not sure where it came from to leave credit. Please note...I didn't measure out the veggies I put into this soup even though there are amounts given. I just put a *ton* in! I guess it depends if you prefer a chunkier soup or more broth! :) That's the beauty of cooking...you can tweak things to how you prefer them! We like *more* veggies in our soups!

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

4 c. chopped, cooked chicken
1 c. chopped celery
1/4 c. chopped carrots
1/4 c. chopped onions
1/4 c. butter
8 oz egg noodle (the recipe I used is below)
12 c. water 
9 cubes chicken bouillon 
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 T dried parsley (I didn't have this so I didn't put it in!)


In large stockpot saute the celery and onion in butter...


Add the rest of the ingredients (except the noodles) and simmer for 30 minutes. 


While that simmers, I made the noodles! I got the noodle recipe from HERE.

Egg Noodles

2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 pinch salt
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 c. milk
1 T butter

In a large bowl, stir together flour and salt. Add the beaten egg, milk and butter. Knead dough until smooth (about 5 minutes). Let rest in a covered bowl for 10 minutes.

On a flour surface, roll out to 1/8 or 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired lengths and shapes.

** After the soup had simmered above for 30 minutes I added the noodles fresh and let it all simmer again for 10 minutes..until noodles are done. You CAN use bagged noodles...but it isn't anywhere near as tasty! :)


The soup was delicious and a *huge* hit with my family as well as our BIL and my FIL!


 On the back porch as night settles in...


The temperatures have been a bit warmer again lately as well as humid (with lots of rain)...so I have been getting a lot done inside as well! I've been working on organizing my closet as well as Chris's.


Organizing things can be a lot of work....but oh it is such a satisfying feeling to have things look neat and orderly! :)

I've also kept busy with homeschooling with the children (and planning it), daily housework, going to the gym and normal day-to-day things!

This past weekend I donated blood...I should do that more. I have a universal blood type which can be used for anyone who needs it. It doesn't take long. It's a little painful...but worth it to know you can bless someone else with it. My Jesus shed his blood for me....and His pain was excruciating. He suffered and bled for me. (I think I can take a tiny bit of momentary pain so that I can share my blood with those who need it.)

Yesterday was our first homeschool co-op day for the year. It was a change as we have changed facilities this year....after calling one facility *home* for our co-op for years! It was an adjustment...but a good one. :) I was in the nursery for a part of the day...and got to hold and feed the sweetest little boy. He was 4 or 5 months old I think. He giggled and was just so happy! It was an absolute *joy* to me! And then....despite being well-burped...the little guy threw up his formula on and down inside the middle of my shirt! Friends in the room were laughing...saying my face was hilarious! It was so warm and gooey and gross! Needless to say....I was happy to get home an hour or so later so I could change! haha! :)

I have a lot of things I would like to accomplish today...so I best get to them! If you try the recipes above, I would love to hear what you think of them! :)

Thanks so much for dropping by! I hope you have a great week ahead!
Warmly,
Katy

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

"Making disciples...


My Three Fellas!

...by going, baptizing, and teaching people the Word of Christ and then enabling them to do the same thing in other people's lives -- this is the plan God has for each of us to impact nations for the glory of Christ." 

~ David Platt

As a stay at home, homeschooling mother ~ my primary role (other than serving my husband) is making my children into disciples of Christ! My boys asked to be baptized recently and my pastor, church family and we were happy to oblige! It is Chris and my greatest prayer that our children grow constantly in their faith and serve and glorify the Lord in all they do! 

Madelyn took photos while I videoed. You can watch the videos (if you so desire) on my IG account HERE and HERE.  I am also *so in love* with that picture at the top of this post. My three guys....my heart is full! :) 

If you are not a Christian (or if you are and don't understand baptism and its importance) you can find a good explanation HERE. HERE is another one...this one by Desiring God (John Piper). 


Jaxson (with our pastor in the white shirt and Chris in the blue)...





 Xavier...



 The rest of the pics of X being baptized didn't come through email...and instead of having Madelyn try to send them to me again....then have to save them to a zip drive and then unzip them etc....I figured these were enough and the videos I linked to above were better to watch anyway...if you want! :) (It's getting late and I am *so* ready for bed! Please forgive my laziness!)

The baptism was held this past Sunday evening at a member of our church's farm. They had it in their pond. Two other young people were baptized that day as well. We all brought snacks to share, had prayer and sang a couple hymns! It was a lovely, warm evening celebrating with loved ones (Along with our church family Chris's parents as well as mine were able to attend! We were so thankful!)! A lot of the children then spent time swimming in the pond! They all had a great time!

We serve a resurrected Christ! What a truth to comprehend! If Jesus had stayed dead....He would not be God. But the truth is that He did rise and He lives today...sitting at the right hand of the Father making intercession for His people! What a God we serve! May we obey Him and live as light in this fallen world! May we not just say we are born again believers....let us also live it out in deed! Let us proclaim the gospel while also bearing fruit of salvation....the fruit that shows we truly belong to Jesus Christ! :)

Thank you for sharing in this exciting time for us!

I pray that if you, dear friend, don't know the Lord....that you *will* come to know Him! Please, truly, feel free to email me (email is in my left sidebar) any time. If you have questions, I will do my best to answer them (or *find* the answer to them). The salvation of your soul....your relationship with the God of the universe is *THE* most important thing you will ever know. If you *do* know the Lord....and haven't been baptized, please do so as it is a public showing of our being *born again* in Christ. The Lord commands it....making it quite important! :) And finally...if you know the Lord and aren't in His Word every.single.day....then you need to be. Devotions and other books are extra. They don't count as being in His Word. Read, process in context. Even if you don't understand everything. Pray for wisdom (as the Lord will give it to those who ask). Ask your pastor questions....ask trusted friends or trusted websites on the web (which I know many...so if you are unsure ~ I'll be glad to help!). You *can* know Him more and more. What a treasure that is for us! To know God loves His people...and knowing that you *are* one of His people...makes everything else seem insignificant! Are you one of God's beloved?

It is the end of another busy day....full of housework, homeschooling, exercising, dog-grooming (haha) and more! I'm ready to jump into bed and get out my Bible. I enjoy reading it before I go to bed...and spending time in prayer. Sometimes I add devotional readings by Randy Alcorn, Joni Eareckson Tada, Spurgeon, and Jerry Bridges. Sometimes I am just pooped and just stick to my Bible reading! :)

Thank you for stopping by! I hope your week is blessed and full of joy!
Cheerfully ( *yawn* and sleepily),
Katy


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

"Because conduct determines character...

...and character determines conduct, it's vitally important - extremely necessary - that we practice godliness every day. That's why Peter said, "Make every effort to supplement your faith with....godliness" (2 Peter 1:5-6). There can be no letup in our pursuit of godly character. Every day that we're not practicing godliness we're being conformed to the world of ungodliness around us. Granted, our practice of godliness is imperfect and falls far short of the biblical standard. Nevertheless, let us press on to know Christ and be like Him."

~ Jerry Bridges, Holiness Day by Day (emphasis mine)


Dark rainy days call for soft, warm candlelight indoors!



In the dining room...



Since I last posted, we celebrated X's 15th birthday as well as my 37th birthday! We both had simple, enjoyable birthdays!  My aunt gave me these beautiful hardy mums... (they can be planted after I display them for a bit and they will come back yearly! Woohoo!)...


 My parents got me hickory tables to match the rocking chairs that Chris gave me for my birthday last year!! The tables are on the outer sides of the rocking chairs. It looks like I missed photographing the one table! But it looks almost identical to the one below...


I just love them! Let the porch sitting commence! 


 A beautiful day...


Another exciting thing 'round here has been the purchasing and installing of new windows for our upstairs rooms in the older part of the house. This was necessary for numerous reasons....the old windows were just terrible...letting in cold air and bugs (plus, the old windows weren't pretty!). 

Chris and his bestest bud (our BIL who I has helped us with *numerous* home projects) worked on putting them in! Now...when Chris has time, he can put the trim around the windows and get the dormers/front of the house sided! Who knows if that will happen soon or not...but I am just thrilled that we are making some progress!


See...here is one of the dormers with the old windows in...


And here are the new windows in...


Here's the other dormer with the new windows already in. I can't wait until these can be sided! The house will just look so much nicer and neater! ...


Chris is inside the window...and our BIL is standing in front as they put in the new window on the front upstairs room! The new windows look so bright and contrast greatly with the weathered wood around them! Haha!


Jaxson was doing some drawing outside with his cousin by his side...



There are always clothes out drying on the lines when the sun is out!




After a long day....an evening snack...



 The days have been full, busy and enjoyable! They aren't days of total exertion...but rather busyness that keeps us from idleness. That's the good-sort of busy in my opinion! We're never too busy to help or serve others. We aren't running in a million different directions....but rather we fill our time with schooling, housework, exercising, serving, and working on projects. Many of these things are enjoyable (even if they are difficult) tasks that we must accomplish. :) Housework isn't necessarily "fun"...but knowing we are accomplishing things, getting things clean and tidy and maintaining the things God has blessed us with is a joy. And although my children will tell you schoolwork isn't "enjoyable"...there are aspects of it that *are*...for instance ~ getting back into a routine is great...and them being excited to learn new things is awesome as well! :)

Speaking of busyness ~ I better get going! There are things to do and they aren't getting done while I am here on the computer! :) It's a beautiful, sunny day (although it's suppose to get quite hot!). It's a good day to have laundry out on the line and get things done before it gets too hot outside! :)

I hope your days have been going well (even the ones full of trials). Always remember that the Lord uses the trials in our lives to make us more like Christ. My days have not been perfect (nor did I expect them to be) but just as Romans 5:3-6 tells us ~ suffering and trials produces endurance which produces character...and hope! Through it all we know that Christ is for us! What a comfort this is to believers!

Thank you for stopping by today. I'm sorry my postings have been very infrequent. Days just seem to slip by and I don't even realize it! :) Grace and peace to each of you! I hope you will stop by again soon!

Cheerfully,
Katy